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Sunday, April 25, 2010

University of Western Australia Business School, Perth, Australia

Woods Bagot's Business School design reflects the region's economic history
The new University of Western Australia Business School is a world class example of best practice in tertiary educational facility design. It is a fusion of the University’s specific requirements and the latest education pedagogy and workplace design concepts. Woods Bagot undertook a rigorous consultative approach throughout the design process which resulted in opportunities for innovation and added value.

Rigorous education-specific space auditing combined with the consultative process resulted in a 10% saving in space from the original brief. These savings were reinvested in a number of ways, such as; the creation of a new collaborative and collegiate workplace model for academics; new learning environments such as collaborative social spaces and breakout spaces with chilled beam climate control. The building is also orientated so as to optimise natural heating and cooling throughout the year and the form of the building allows for the maximum penetration of natural light. This is combined with an intelligent daylight compensation lighting system.

The UWA Business School site is located at the southern end of the campus, the opposite end to the sandstone Winthrop buildings which define the campus identity. This provides the opportunity to announce a new era in the history of the University and a 21st century model for campus architecture. The architectural expression is derived from images associated with the history of the state’s economy such as agriculture and the resources industry.
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